The Battle of the Bunny

My parents are truly wonderful people. It’s hard to put into words their general awesomeness. Not only as individuals, but as a pair. This past weekend being Father’s day, we DiDonato children had a bonus opportunity to pour praise and thanks onto Dad D.

Before I dive into the depths of the joyous celebration, I must first detail the battle of the bunny.

A bunny has wreaked havoc on Dad D’s vegetable garden. From the damage, one might assume it was a bunny invasion – but in fact the perpetrator is a single cottontail. Dad D, very passionate about his vegetable plot, promptly procured a fence. Mom D quietly watched from the sidelines as my dad built his blockade, secretly hoping that the cute little bunny would prevail.

Mom D: “I call him Spot because he has a little white spot on his forehead shaped like a heart. And he has a cute little white fluffy bunny tail.”

In fact, the bunny did prevail. The fence was not structurally sound and the bunny was able to get through. Which is why my sister Theresa and I decided that the best Father’s day gift would be a Bunny Defense Kit (BDK).

The BDK consisted of 30 meters (100 ft) of special bunny proof fencing, a special organic rabbit defense spray (egg solids, garlic, nasty smelling stuff etc), a NO BUNNIES sign, a spotlight for evening reconnaissance, a rabbit stew recipe, and the VANQUISHER: a pump action watergun capable of drenching at 12 meters (40 feet).

Here’s Dad D. with his BDK, ready for battle, ready to topple the rule of the rabbit:

Dad D with the Bunny Defense Kit

Please note Dad D’s extreme look of dedication. One of the best traits of Dad D is his relentless drive towards his goals. See how he holds that Vanquisher? That’s dedication.

And sure enough, Dad D started constructing his new barricade almost immediately. Mom D reports that after installation of the BDK, there have been no further reports of vegetable annihilation. In fact, apparently a neighbor just noticed that his produce has been eaten by a small furry creature… perhaps it’s the defeated Spot finding himself a new grocery store.

Before I conclude this post I want to publish a picture of Mom D. She was walking towards me through our backyard and as I held up my camera to snap a picture she kicked a leg and did a crazy pose! She’s an adorable mom.

Mom D!

Best parents ever.

9 thoughts on “The Battle of the Bunny

  • 6/22/2010 at 2:20 pm

    So I assume, Mike D., that you received the generous bribe we sent you to write this crazy post?

    • 6/22/2010 at 2:33 pm

      I was posting this on good faith that you’d send the bribe. I haven’t received it yet. I suspect it will arrive soon?

  • 6/22/2010 at 5:35 pm

    That would have been the Tanner family solution: air rifle and lapin au vin.

    • 6/23/2010 at 7:55 am

      My dad has hunted rabbits in the yard with a compound bow. No fooling.

  • 6/22/2010 at 7:13 pm

    Shaun L…..rabbit meat??? RABBIT MEAT?????
    And here I thought you were such a delightful young man…

    • 6/23/2010 at 6:51 am

      I apologize Mom D! It won’t happen again I swear!

      • 6/23/2010 at 8:41 am

        All is forgiven, Shaun L!
        And I am happy to report that although Spot the Bunny has not been seen recently in the yard, Brownie the Bunny has been hopping around. After reading the sign on the garden, he has limited his munching to the clover in the grass.


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